Monday, November 28, 2022
Matthew 8:5 - 11
Faith Is A Gift
At Mass, we kneel and proclaim the words of the centurion: “Lord, I am not worthy to have you enter under my roof; only say the word, and my servant will be healed.”
The centurion was doing what anyone who truly loves will do: He was exhausting all resources. This preacher from Galilee could help him? Great. But he knew where he stood. He knew that power like Jesus’s didn’t need to actually physically show up.
Do we have the same faith?
Every Mass, after we repeat the words of the centurion, we process to the front and receive Communion. Jesus does enter under our roof! We are the Body of Christ in a new way because Christ is literally inside us.
Did Jesus go to the centurion’s house? We assume not, but we don’t know. We know Jesus’s response: “In no one in Israel have I found such faith.”
Amidst the baubles and brightness of the Christmas season, it’s too easy to become jaded and cynical. It may even find you lose your faith.
Today, the centurion reminds us that faith is a gift that will bring us great joy. Let’s hold his words in our hearts today and let them guide us closer to that baby in the manger.
Lord Jesus, I am not worthy, but you come anyway. I am facing this season with a whole host of feelings, and I want so much to journey with joy to you. Hold my hand and let me waLuke with you. Come under my roof and be my comfort.
SOURCE: Creighton University Online Ministries
Playlist of the week
O Come, O Come Emmanuel
What Child Is This
A Voice Cries Out
Christ Be Our Light
City of God
The King Shall Come When Morning Dawns
People Look East
You can also visit one of the following sites for their Advent playlists. Or search for “Advent playlist” on your favorite music app for more options.